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Bowyer : Racing is 'about what you're going to do tomorrow'
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Those heat-of-the-moment tirades that fans are able to hear during the course of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race might be entertaining, but they don't always tell the whole story, according to HScott Motorsports driver Clint Bowyer . "Whether I'm frustrated or happy or whatever … whether it's a (celebration) or a pissed off moment that happens, the wick's pretty short," Bowyer said Thursday at Kansas Speedway , site of Saturday's GoBowling 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "It burns out in about five minutes. The next thing out of my mouth is 'Alright, now what are we going to do to fix it?' " Bowyer , 36, is in a transition year, spending the 2016 season as driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet for HSM. He'll move over to Stewart-Haas Racing in '17, inheriting the No. 14 ride currently occupied by co-owner/driver Tony Stewart . An early-season start that saw the driver finish inside the top 20 only once in seven races frustrated the eight-time winner, and that frustration often could be heard as he vented to his team on the radio during races. But it's what takes place after the pot has boiled over, he said, that determines what occurs next. "I don't ever care about yesterday or what happened in a practice or a race," he said. "… This sport is all about what you're going to do tomorrow. That's what you have to instill into yourself and everybody around you to be able to go out there and get the job done, compete at the level I know we're capable of competing at for our sponsors and for ourselves." Bowyer hasn't been to Victory Lane in a Sprint Cup race since the 2012 season, a span of 123 races. He did qualify for last year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup based on points earned, but was eliminated in the first round. HScott fields two Sprint Cup teams -- the No. 15 of Bowyer as well as the No. 46 for driver Michael Annett . Bowyer enters this weekend's race 27th in points while Annett is 35th. But two of the last three races have seen Bowyer finish inside the top 10 -- he was eighth at Bristol and seventh most recently at Talladega. "I was struggling to get that kind of consistency where I was last year," he said of his final season at the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing. "When you're down, most of the time there's a reason, especially when you're down as far as we' re down. We had work to do; we're starting to get some new waves of cars built, get some things to where we are satisfied with them and excited about bringing them to the track and seeing what our hard work has done. That's all you can do." Anyone should be frustrated, he said, if they felt their performance as a driver or their team's performance wasn't up to par. That doesn't mean a team no longer attempts to improve. "When you're running good, it's easy," Bowyer said. "When you're running bad, it's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life. I don't care what organization you're at or how much depth you have or anything else. It's that simple. … "This is hard. This is a hard business and it's very competitive. If you're good, you better work hard to stay good or you're not going to be there long. If you're bad, you've got to work hard to get caught up."
Clint Bowyer to drive for JRM at Chicagoland
JR Motorsports announced Thursday that Clint Bowyer will drive the team's No. 88 Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this September at Chicagoland Speedway . The scheduled appearance for car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr . in the Sept. 17 race will mark Bowyer's first XFINITY Series race since 2012. The Sprint Cup regular was the XFINITY series champion in 2008. Sponsorship for the 300-mile race will be provided by Morton Buildings, an Illinois-based business 120 miles from the 1.5-mile Joliet track. "When Dale Jr. offers to let you drive his car, there's only one answer and that's 'yes,' " said Bowyer . "JR Motorsports is certainly on a roll right now and I know those guys are working hard to make the boss happy by building fast cars. It's going to be a blast wheeling that No. 88 Morton Buildings Chevrolet around Chicagoland in the XFINITY race. It's going to be even better when we can celebrate with the boss in Victory Lane." Bowyer becomes the ninth driver tapped for JRM's No. 88 seat this season, joining Josh Berry , Alex Bowman , Cole Custer , Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Chase Elliott , Kenny Habul , Kevin Harvick and Regan Smith on the roster. The car is a two-time winner this year, with Elliott securing the season opener at Daytona and Earnhardt prevailing last month at Richmond.
Right at home: Bowyer set for Kansas truck start
RELATED: Truck Series entry list Clint Bowyer is scheduled to make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in nearly two years, running Friday night's event as a home-state favorite at Kansas Speedway . Bowyer -- an Emporia, Kansas native -- is listed as the driver of record for the GMS Racing No. 24 Chevrolet for Friday's Toyota Tundra 250 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Bowyer is a three-time winner in the series, with his most recent victory coming on June 4, 2011 in his only Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile Kansas track. His most recent Truck Series appearance netted a fourth-place finish at Pocono Raceway in August 2014. Bowyer will run double-duty in NASCAR national-series competition for the first time this season. He's also set to drive the HScott Motorsports No. 15 Chevrolet in Saturday night's GoBowling 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Sprint Cup Series. Friday's 250.5-mile Camping World Truck Series event kicks off three consecutive weekends of racing for the Truck Series, with Dover and Charlotte to follow Kansas on the 23-race schedule.
Analysis: Bowyer , HScott playing catch-up after SHR announcement
This was expected to be a big year for HScott Motorsports , with the addition of veteran Clint Bowyer to its driver lineup and a closer working relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing helping to stabilize a team that is only in its third full season of full-time competition. While Bowyer's stay at HSM will be brief -- he leaves to take over the No. 14 entry at Stewart-Haas Racing next year -- he had expressed hopes of being able to help HScott improve its program before his departure. Such has not been the case, however. Through the first seven races, Bowyer is 32nd in points and understandably frustrated. There has been no increase in the level of support provided by Stewart-Haas, in light of that four-team organization's impending move to Ford in '17, an announcement made in late February by team co-owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. That wasn't expected to be the case when Bowyer was introduced as the newest driver addition to HScott late last year. At that time, relationships with Stewart-Haas and Hendrick Motorsport were said to be key factors in the decision-making process for all involved. "I'm looking forward to the marriage that (team owner Harry Scott) has with Hendrick (Motorsports), with Stewart-Haas, that is very strong and it's something that I'm looking forward to building on," Bowyer said at the time. "I've got the best of the best when you talk about equipment. We've got Hendrick engines; we've got ties to Stewart-Haas Racing . These are the guys that are winning all the races. I now have that bond, that connection to this kind of equipment." Bringing Bowyer , an eight-time winner in NASCAR's premier series, on board even for only one year was seen as a step up the competitive ladder for HScott, which struggled on the track with teammates Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier in '15. Additional support from a group as successful as SHR would be a boon to the smaller outfit. Instead, Bowyer had a single top-20 finish (18th at Auto Club Speedway ) and an average finish of nearly 29th heading into Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway . Bowyer would finish eighth Sunday, for his best showing of the season. For a driver who has rarely been outside the top 20 in points in 10 seasons of full-time competition, it's been a frustrating start. Contacted by NASCAR.com, Stewart-Haas officials said via email this week that "There isn't a formal alliance between Stewart-Haas Racing and HScott Motorsports , but SHR does collaborate with HScott and offers technical support when it can." HScott has obtained limited technical support from SHR since 2015 while also purchasing many of the cars in its fleet from the organization. But those close to the HScott situation say the technological tether that tied the teams of Bowyer and Annett to SHR appears to have been severed with the Ford announcement. It may also be a byproduct of the growing divide between the Chevrolet-branded Hendrick group and SHR as the latter outfit begins working toward the manufacturer change. At some point this season, the data sharing and flow of information between Hendrick and SHR will begin to cease; HScott, with a driver soon to be making the move to a rival Ford team, is perhaps caught in between. Changes in the relationship between Hendrick and Stewart-Haas were noted earlier this year by Stewart, who said, "the dynamic of it was kind of already changing this year anyway" and that "the technical side of it has changed quite a bit going into this season." "It's like parents who are going through a divorce," one HScott representative said of the situation, "and this team is caught in the middle." Stewart-Haas fields four Sprint Cup Series teams and its drivers have won two of the last five series championships, all under the Chevrolet banner. Its engines and chassis come from Hendrick, as well as technical information and extensive engineering support. Hendrick Motorsports fields four Sprint Cup Series teams and has won 11 Sprint Cup titles overall and six of the last 10. Although its chassis currently come through SHR, HScott leases engines from Hendrick, an arrangement that was already in place when Scott purchased the team from former owner James Finch in September of 2013. But the link between Hendrick and HScott ends there, according to Hendrick officials. The Hendrick/HScott relationship, they say, has not changed in light of the Stewart-Haas Ford announcement. In a statement provided to NASCAR.com, HScott officials noted the abundance of adjustments the organization faced heading into the 2016 season. "The challenges so far this season have primarily been the elements of change. Change has been a constant and it's had an effect. The team relocated its shop from (Spartanburg) South Carolina to (Mooresville) North Carolina in January. We have a new driver and crew chief combination, a new fleet of cars and a new aero package." The support system between Hendrick and Stewart-Haas, and Stewart-Haas and HScott, isn't unusual. Similar alliances abound in NASCAR, each varying to some degree. Furniture Row Racing had a "technical alliance" in place with Richard Childress Racing before this season. When the Denver-based team made the switch to Toyota, it aligned itself with Joe Gibbs Racing , which provides chassis as well as engineering support. A comparable arrangement exits between the Ford entities of Team Penske and Wood Brothers Racing . That teams would begin to "wean" themselves from such alliances as they work their way through the process of changing manufacturers is understandable considering what's at stake -- not the least of which is proprietary information and data that cannot be obtained without extensive research and development, and at much cost. While the current partners have benefited from their individual relationships, at the end of the day it remains a very competitive business. All of which leaves HScott and its teams trying to make the best of what appears to have become an unexpectedly harsh situation.
Clint Bowyer wins Supercross race, face-plants into wall
Clint Bowyer did perhaps the most Clint Bowyer thing we've seen Clint Bowyer do on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The HScott Motorsports driver participated in the "NASCAR Holeshot Challenge" Supercross event, taking on Greg Biffle , Ty Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . -- on two wheels. Bowyer , who has a background in this kind of racing, won the event, but failed to stop after the start/finish line. And promptly face-planted into the stopping wall. It was as awesome as it sounds (mostly because, thankfully, Bowyer was OK.) Fellow racers loved it, even if because of the wreck, this may be the one and only "NASCAR Holeshot Challenge" we'll ever see. Glad to see my driver for next year is as out of control as I am #thatsmyhorse — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) February 28, 2016 First and last @NASCAR motor cross competition!!! @ClintBowyer is the man!!!! Haha!!! #stuntman — Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) February 28, 2016 @ClintBowyer just stole the show, that was awesome #onthegas — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) February 28, 2016 A crazy man in his PJs just ran his motorcycle into a tough block on @FS1 This is a good night! @ClintBowyer — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) February 28, 2016 . @ClintBowyer is a bad Mamba Jamba. That was fun to watch! @FOXSports @SupercrossLIVE @NASCAR #AllOrWall or #TuffBlock — Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) February 28, 2016 Hahahahahahahahah! That was awesome! #SXonFOX @ClintBowyer is a maniac! — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) February 28, 2016 @ClintBowyer reminds me of the Glen Campbell song "like a rhinestone cowboy" riding out on a motorcycle in a star spangle rodeo ! — Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) February 28, 2016 Alright @ClintBowyer , let's see that go pro footage off the helmet cam... #SXonFOX #NASCARHoleshot #NASCAR — Chris Buescher (@Chris_Buescher) February 28, 2016 Dear @ClintBowyer if you're sore at all I'm here tomorrow — Brett Moffitt (@Brett_Moffitt) February 28, 2016 Leave it to @ClintBowyer to hit the wall #NASCARHoleshot pic.twitter.com/tdK6eQAbs4 — Karsyn Elledge (@KarsynElledge3) February 28, 2016
Bowyer seeks ride after plane to Texas breaks down
Clint Bowyer 's weekend in The Lone Star State got off to a bit of a rocky start. Well this weekend isn't starting off very good. Plane is broke down. Good thing there's atleast 40 of them headed same place. # — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) April 7, 2016 Hey, at least Clint wasn't forgotten and left stranded (ahem, Ryan Newman ). But as Sprint Cup practice begins at 5:30 p.m. ET today, he had better get a move on. RELATED: Junior leaves Newman at the airport
HScott Motorsports unveils new sponsor, scheme for Bowyer
RELATED: Bowyer to drive for HScott in 2016 HScott Motorsports and Clint Bowyer have welcomed a new sponsor. A VISINE paint scheme will adorn Clint Bowyer 's No. 15 Chevrolet fielded by HScott Motorsports as primary sponsor in three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season. VISINE will also serve as an associate sponsor and marketing partner for the entire season. The primary sponsorship includes the races at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, Texas Motor Speedway on April 9 and Pocono Raceway on June 5. Last month, HScott Motorsports announced that it was moving shop locations from Spartanburg, South Carolina to Mooresville, North Carolina. The team also revealed that Bowyer will continue to pilot the No. 15, which is a transposition for HScott, which inherited the No. 51 when it purchased the team from James Finch in 2013. 5-Hour Energy will be the primary sponsor of Bowyer's entry for 24 of next season's 36 races. RELATED: See more 2016 paint schemes
HScott moves shop, reveals Bowyer's number
RELATED: Who's on the move for 2016? HScott Motorsports announced Thursday that it will relocate its headquarters to Mooresville, North Carolina, leaving its former South Carolina home in Spartanburg. The team also revealed that new driver Clint Bowyer will have a familiar car number for 2016. Bowyer , who will make a one-year stop with HScott before shifting to replace owner/driver Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing , will drive the No. 15 Chevrolet this year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It's a transposition for HScott, which inherited the No. 51 when it purchased the team from James Finch in 2013. Bowyer used the No. 15 the last four seasons, his entire tenure with Michael Waltrip Racing, which folded at the end of the 2015 campaign. HScott -- which also fields a Sprint Cup entry with driver Michael Annett -- will set up shop at the former TriStar Motorsports location, a nearly 50,000-square-foot building in Mooresville. TriStar, a longtime multicar team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, lists a new address on its website in Statesville, North Carolina, approximately 20 miles north of its former headquarters.
Bowyer at bat: Driver lives baseball dream
Clint Bowyer tried his hand at playing baseball with the Kansas City Royals during spring training in Surprise, Arizona.
Helmet cam of Bowyer's Holeshot spill
Check out Clint Bowyer's helmet cam as he participates in the NASCAR Holeshot Challenge and ends up taking a spill at the end.